Biology Placement Exam

Exam information

January 30, 2023  

  • Testing for Spring/Summer 2023 classes is now available. This testing will be administered remotely, following the steps outlined below. 
  • New students starting in Fall 2023 should receive placement testing information through Orientation.

Please note:

  • This is a test for placement into WSU Biology classes, NOT for course credit. If you are interested in credit by exam, please visit the CLEP page for more information.

The purpose of the Biology Placement Exam is to determine appropriate course placement for introductory biology coursework.  Several introductory courses at Wayne State University (WSU) are taught with the expectation that the student has attained a certain level of prior knowledge and skill in the subject. Placement tests have been designed to ensure that you have the required prior knowledge before taking a class. It is better to be placed into a lower level course by an examination than to fail a higher-level course for which you are not adequately prepared. Prepare to do your best by reviewing the material on the web sites indicated and getting plenty of rest the night before your exam(s).  

The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in reading, writing, and mathematics are used to determine placement into BIO 1050, 1500 or 1510. 

ACT Score SAT Score

ACT Composite Score

SAT Reading + Writing + Mathematics Scores                   
(March 2016 and later) 

24 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510

1160 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510

23 or below = placement into BIO 1050

1150 or below = placement into BIO 1050


  1. The ACT or SAT scores used may not be from an exam taken more than two years prior to enrollment in the course.
  2. If you have taken the ACT and/or SAT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered. If the most recent ACT and/or SAT scores were taken during the same month and year, the highest score will be used.

As an alternate or additional method of placement, a student placing into BIO 1050 via the ACT or SAT may take the Biology Placement Exam if he/she wishes to attempt placement into BIO 1500 or 1510. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT or have scores more than two years old must take the Biology Placement Exam to determine course placement.

The Biology Placement Exam is a computer-based, 50-item multiple-choice test. For remote testing, examinees will be given 90 minutes. No aids are permitted. You may take the Biology Placement Exam once per semester, and examination results are valid for three semesters. The examination content is based on a one-year high school biology course that included a laboratory. Resources to help you prepare for the exam are available at

Examination schedule

Testing during the Winter 2023 semester will be available on the following dates:

Day Date   Day Date
Tuesday 2/7/2023   Tuesday 3/21/2023
Thursday 2/9/2023   Thursday 3/23/2023
Monday 2/13/2023   Monday 3/27/2023
Wednesday 2/15/2023   Wednesday 3/29/2023
Friday 2/17/2023   Friday 3/31/2023
Tuesday 2/21/2023   Tuesday 4/4/2023
Thursday 2/23/2023   Monday 4/10/2023
Monday 2/27/2023   Wednesday 4/12/2023
Wednesday 3/1/2023   Friday 4/14/2023
Friday 3/3/2023   Monday 4/18/2023
Tuesday 3/7/2023   Tuesday 4/20/2023
Thursday 3/9/2023   Thursday 4/24/2023
Monday 3/13/2023   Wednesday 4/26/2023
Wednesday 3/15/2023   Friday 4/28/2023
Friday 3/17/2023   Tuesday 5/2/2023


The test can be started at any time after 9:30 a.m. and must be completed no later than 8:30 a.m. the next day.

Once a test date has closed, it will no longer be displayed in our Automated System for Test Registration Online (ASTRO).

How to register for an examination

  1. Online registration: Click the "ASTRO" button on the bottom of this page.  This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay the $25.00 fee with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive two email confirmations: one for your payment and the other for registration. 
    • You should receive your payment confirmation immediately. There may be a delay of up to one hour to receive your registration confirmation.
    • If you do not receive your payment confirmation immediately, wait at least one hour before attempting to submit your payment again.
    • The registration confirmation will be sent to your WSU email address. If it does not appear in your inbox, check your junk or spam folders.
      • The registration confirmation will come from
      • DO NOT reply to this email.
    • If you have not received this confirmation more than one hour after receiving the payment confirmation, or have any questions, send an email to

Notice for 2022-23 first-year students.  If you had registered for Orientation and did not take the Biology Placement during the summer or fall you have a valid registration available for reschedule.  See reschedule directions below.  If you cannot reschedule, contact the Testing Office for an explanation or instructions.

  1. In Person Registration: ***NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.

Prior to and on the day of the examination 

  • You will be sent detailed instructions by 6:00 p.m. the day before the exam.
    • These instructions will be sent to your WSU access ID email address. If you do not find them in your inbox, check your Junk or Spam folders.
    • If you have not receieved them send an email to and they will be resent the morning of the exam. 
  • The test will be administered through the Canvas Learning Management System.  You log into this system using your own WSU Access ID and password. Scratch paper is allowed.

Rescheduling and refunds

  1. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
    1. To reschedule log into ASTRO, select My Exams
    2. Exams available for reschedule will be presented, select the exam and date you want.
    3. An upcoming test reschedule can be made the day before the test and the day after the test, but not the day of the test.
    4. We do not recommend using the postpone option within ASTRO.
  2. A refund can be processed only if it is made before the day of the examination. Requests for refunds made on or after the examination date, or after the third reschedule, cannot be honored.
  3. Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
  4. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

Special accommodations

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at .

Click ASTRO to go to our online registration system once you have read and understood the above instructions